The fight with myself the coat that I designed in 2005.
Every image and design that I created was an emotion and at that moment I didn't understand where it came from my inspiration was myself. That was my way to express my feelings.
Romy Smits autodidact.
From 2002 - 2010
Romy Smits has made a name as designer and visual artist. In that capacity she uses her emotions and feelings in a continues search to visualize her different identities based on her "Inner Self".
As being self - taught she gained during those years much life experience.
From the beginning of her artistic career spirituality was also an importent focus in her work as a designer and visual artist. This vision on spirituality is a common thread in all her work. More importantly being " Spiritual" is her only way of live.
My first collection
In 1995 Romy visited Marocco for the first time during a vacation. Romy had a huge resistance to go to Morocco on vacation. But the universe pushed her in that direction. One of the cities on her tour was Marrakech.,known as the red city.Arriving in Marrakech she had a feeling of "coming home" after a long journey.
After loosing her job in 2001 Romy , in search of new professional opportunities at the age of 41,she returned to Marrakech still remembering the impressions of her visit to the city.She wanted also discover who she really was or finding her "True Identity ".This was the first time in her life that I followed my feelings and made a decision.
In the souk of Marrakesh I was inspired by the colours of Sabra viscose yarns. And a few days later I met someone who still had old knitting machines and decided spontaneously to knit my own fabrics. Because of my enthusiasm and not knowing.Creativity, playfulness and spontaneity brought me to a new level in my life.Without knowledge of design.Once she returned home to Antwerp,Belgium her creativity was intuitively stimulated while working with the knitted fabric.
On the basis of her creative experience with viscose her first haute couture collection "Magic Colours" appeared which was immediately sold to Barney's New York in the year 2002.
Motivated by this Romy returned several times to Morocco each time she discovered new facets of her Identity which resulted in new creations like ,"Radiance", "Goldline" and "Soul of Africa".
In 2005 I discovered my playful "Inner Child".I got an assignment to design a logo for a children's hospital.They rejected my design because to futuristic for them.That was my good luck otherwise I had sold my "Inner Child".At that moment I recognized myself when I was a child of 5 years old.I already saw futuristic images.The organic shape that I designed I called "Wooky".I started to play spontaneously with this shape and was surprised how many different patterns came out with one basic shape.Patterns for interior, fashion,stationary,decorative objects and art.I called this collection Darsahna.
During her last visit in 2010 it dawned on Romy that this city in fact her spiritual home and she decided to travel back and continue her journey in Marrakech.Making use of the vibrant spiritual energies of Marocco and during this journey she discovered her energy healing qualities.
The spiral leather dress.
When I created this dress it came spontaneously I didn't know what the end result was untill I finished the shape that became a dress.
Spiral symbol in spirituality represent the path leading from outer consciousness, materialism, external awareness, ego, outward perception to the inner soul , enlightenment, cosmic awareness.